• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needed noise cancelling headset for telephone calls

    • Written by Michael B from Cary

    I bought these (from a source other than Apple, just because I wanted the Bronze version) mainly for use on conference calls. With systems like Go2Meeting, Zoom, FCC and others, I often find I have trouble hearing the audio so prefer to dial in for audio and listen over my iPhone. But even then, international connections, differences in accents, line noise etc can make it hard to hear or be heard. This Rayz wired headset seems to be a big asset for this sort of conversations. The in ear fit, wired connection, noise canceling all help a lot for me to hear clearly what is being said. And being wired with the microphone in the control module, you can always hold it closer to your mouth if people are having trouble hearing you (something you cannot do with wireless sets). It did take some experimentation with the included ear molds to get a good fit, but I finally found the best for me and they stay put very well, even when moving about. So while I cannot say much about using them as an audiophile might, they are a great improvement over non-noise cancelling wired headphones for telephone and conference calls (just not inexpensive, but no noise cancelling headphones are).

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A good value for Noise Cancelling headphones and really good software

    • Written by Scott K from Westerville

    What these headphones are and are not

    At $130 USD these are a pretty decent pair of automatic noise cancelling headphones. The ANC is no where as good as Bose...that is the gold standard for ANC but the Pioneer Rayz do a darn good job for a third of the price.
    I have been on a quest for ANC headphones with good sound quality voice/audio and the ability to use them all day. I use headphones in the office for conference calls, music in-between conference calls and while traveling.
    The Rayz sound is remarkably good, the voice/mic is crystal clear and doesn't pick up much background noise, the controls are intuitive and Pioneer did a great job with the software.
    I suspect these are not workout durable headphones, by that I mean they have a cord, the cord/wire is light gauge and the connector and control pad don't feel that robust. Jerking on the cable from the lightning connector, the control pad or the earbuds one too many times will probably result in them failing sooner than say a pair of Bose SoundSports. If you treat them with care I suspect they'll last.
    For comparison purposes I own Bose QCi20s, BeatsX, AirPods, Beats Solo2 and I have owned Bose QC30 (see my review here on Apple).
    Outfitting the Rayz with the ear tips from the Bose QCi20 makes for an ever better experience with the Rayz.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones and Service

    • Written by Jennifer B from Torrance

    I have had these headphones for well over a year and they have performed very well. I think the noise cancelling capabilities are fantastic. It is super useful that you can turn that feature off and even use the microphones to make you more aware of your surroundings when needed. I can wear these for extended periods of time without discomfort using the x-small silicone ear-tips or small Comply tips, no easy feat for me. I traditionally have a hard time keeping ear buds in my ears but the company recently sent me complimentary ear-wings to remedy that, which helps a great deal. The app is easy to use and is updated regularly. I have been able to update my iPhone while these were plugged in with the extra power pass through female lightening outlet, an indispensable feature for me.

    My original pair did develop a crack in one ear piece, but customer service was quick to send me a new replacement.

    Oh, and the sound and call clarity on both ends is great. :)

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died in less than 8 weeks of light use.

    • Written by Aditya M from AUSTIN

    Died in less than 8 weeks of light use. I have reached out to Pioneer for replacement pair. Let's see how that handle support. Will update review as and when they address the issue.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WARNING! They won't last!

    • Written by Darci M from Pleasant View

    I bought two of these. Mine cuts out constantly. My husband's had the full cable detached at the y joint within a week and a half. The one benefit is that you can charge when you listen, but if it cuts out while you are listening or it is broken, it doesn't work at all. They also do not cancel noise effectively.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great earphones

    • Written by Helene B from Wakefield

    I was looking for lightning earphones and called Pioneer after reading some good reviews to see if there were wings to help keep them in. . . and they had them upon request. Pods don’t stay in my ears. As soon as I bought the Rayz, I followed the instructions to request the wings. There was a choice of either black or white. I was amazed how quickly they arrived, and both black and white sets were sent at that. As soon as I added the wings to the earpieces, I was blown away by the sound. I had tried another brand and was unhappy with them. These are great!

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product even better customer service

    • Written by Kate D from Danbury

    I am very happy with my Rayz. They work well in an open office environment and are easily portable for trips. The noise cancelling feature works great on airplane engines. I have a pair of Bose Q35s but they are very bulky for travel and I can’t really wear one ear and leave the other off for the office like you can with earbuds. I use these 5 days a week for podcasts and music and they meet my needs. Importantly, when the left earbud developed a static hiss the Pioneer customer service team was excellent and helped me quickly return and sent a replacement set.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very solid product all around

    • Written by Joseph V from Stamford

    Great pair of earphones, definitely worth the price tag. I usually fly a lot for work, and the noise cancelling feature has been really helpful in letting me concentrate and get work done on travels. Sound quality is fantastic too.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very customizable

    • Written by Sayem H from Lilburn

    Good noise canceling feature for earbuds (comparable to some over ear headphones noise canceling ability) and at first I had issues with the earbud attachments but you get several different ones to try on and see which one fits best and sounds best for you.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product for studying

    • Written by Hassan H from East elmhurst

    I needed a light pair of headphones to study with. I love my bose overheads but can be tiresome to wear for long periods of time. These were excellent in that they cancel out sound magically without the tiring overhead aspect. I also got complemented plenty for this specific rose gold color as it’s a very unique look. So far I love them for what I use them for. I also love how they’re wired because I never need to charge them. Overall would highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most Innovative Headphones ever

    • Written by Kwaku B from Piscataway

    Very Innovative headphones. Definitely worth the price. Love the HearThru and SmartMute technology embedded in the headphones. These headphones are a perfect fit for a college student who want a strong noise canceling headphones with great quality. These headphones calibrate constantly to make sure it always adapts to you and your environment. 5/5! I highly recommend

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent till it worked

    • Written by Mahesh G from Chandler

    The noise cancellation, ability to charge while listening, lightening port are all great features. But a few months into using it, often times there would be a lot of static when we answer the calls. But the same static disappears as soon as I remove the headphone and plug it back in.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best customer service ever

    • Written by Carlos B from Madrid

    I bought these earphones about one month ago. I found the microphone was not working very well, it was getting all the background noise and not a lot of my voice. I recorded a couple of sound samples and sent them to Pioneer Rayz support. A short few days later, they informed me that they wanted to replace my earphones. Provided my address (I am posted abroad) and got the replacement in a week or so.

    Sound is spectacular, noise reduction is very good and the comfy and multiple size earplugs cover all your needs. A must have!

    Customer service is fast, helpful and efficient.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Already Broken

    • Written by Lauren G from Brookville

    I got these earphones for the holidays (6 months ago), after month 4 the sound started to go in and out, making songs sound weird, etc.. Now, one headphone completely does not work. Not sure if this item has a warranty, but if it does, I would like to utilize it, because I NEVER write reviews, but these seriously had to be defective.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth it.

    • Written by Sarah G from Lorain

    I was switching over to Apple and was worried about no headphone jack. These are perfect for me because you can charge the phone while listening to music. The controls are nice, and the sound quality is amazing. I highly recommend downloading the Rayz app to get the most out of them, the equalizers and settings really make these earphones worth it. I definitely prefer these to other earphones on the market, so I think the price point is fair.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent noise cancelling absolute value for money

    • Written by Sridhar R from Muang

    I wanted wired earphones with active noise cancelling and didn’t want to deal with Bluetooth connectivity, charging batteries and additional cables. 

    So, after checking many reviews online, I was all set to buy a Bose QC 20 earphones. I was not very happy about the bulky battery hanging out but every option out there had a battery sticking out. I did consider the JBL Reflect Aware earphones because it didn’t have a battery but the reviews didn’t look good as they drain the iPhone batteries pretty quick. So that was not a good option as well. 

    Luckily, on the way to the Bose shop was an authorized Apple reseller so I popped in out of curiosity and I immediately liked the Pioneer Rayz Plus. They didn’t let me try them on but I took a leap of faith and bought them right away. I really love them. Great sound quality, really good noise cancellation, no battery sticking out, the iPhone 6 / iPad Pro 10.5 battery drain is negligible, and the best thing is the super clever charging port and they are really affordable as well. 

    I am really glad I walked into the Apple store :-)

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    broke less than 6 months

    • Written by Kristin C from Boston

    These headphones are horrible. they easily fall out of the ear, they do not cancel noise as claimed and they broke after a mere 5 months. customer service with pioneer was non-existent. totally disappointed that apple would sell such defective products in stores and offer no support.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best earbuds I’ve ever heard

    • Written by Tom M from East Wenatchee

    Absolutely fantastic product! I’m a huge Apple fan...Pioneer, not so much.

    Still, I heard great reviews about these and I’ve been trying to find some earbuds that I like.

    Turns out these I LOVE! They sound INCREDIBLE! Absolutely natural, feels like I’m listening to really nice speakers. Bass is also amazing.

    That’s after purchasing two different pairs of earbuds from both Shure and Audeze that were in the $500-600 range and did a big fat nothing for me. Returned the latter in fact.

    These rule!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    love these! 4.5stars:)

    • Written by lee A from Honolulu

    Love these headphones! I love that you can listen with them WHILE charging the phone! I also love the auto off feature which stops play when you take your headphones out - so great for falling to sleep listening to an audiobook and as soon as you take them out the book stops so you don't have to remember where you were:) The sound quality and equalizer choices are also great! The only thing I wish I could change is the auto mute function while talking on the phone. Though it can be useful - the person on the other end keeps asking if you are still there because when you're not talking, they hear complete silence. But overall - these are the best headphones I've owned to date.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    utter waste of money

    • Written by Jeff K from Brooklyn

    Such a waste of money doesn’t work and I could have bought beats for this price absolutely horrible

    10 of 19 people found this useful